Al Hakeem: The Wise, The Creator With A Purpose

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Source: The Muslim Sunrise Fall 2019, the longest running Muslim publication of North America, since 1922

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Let me start off by saying, if my articles are boring to you, it may be that you need to read more of them, as was suggested by John Cage, who was a famous American composer of the twentieth century, “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”

Our universe is not a chaotic or an indiscernible creation of a whimsical Creator. No, not at all. “We have created the heavens and the earth and all that is between the two,” says Allah, “in accordance with requirements of truth and wisdom.” (1)

The creation of the universe was not a frivolous pursuit. “We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between the two in sport.” Says Allah in the Quran, “Had We wished to find a pastime, We would surely have found it in that which is with Us, if at all We would have been inclined in that way.” (2)

For the universe to come into being, it required at least ten raised to the power of five hundred parameters to be set right for the universe to come out biophyllic for the existence of human species. What a marvelous feat of creation by All-Knowing, All-Powerful and All-Wise God.  I did not fabricate this unimaginably large number of ten raised to the power of five hundred. This is the number of universes that the scientists are proposing in the multiverse to explain the biophyllic nature of our universe, in what is called multiverse theory or M theory. Of course God does not have any physical hands and He works through the laws of nature.  Nevertheless, any reasonable person, unless strongly driven by an ideology of atheism, when facing such odds and examines the complexity, elegance and beauty of the universe, sees the hand of an infinite All-Wise God under the surface.

No wonder Allah says: “And He it is who created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom and the Truth; and the day He says, ‘Be!’, it will be. His word is indeed the Truth.” (3)

To describe the M theory, I take you to Stephen Hawking’s 2010 book that he had co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow. The title of the book is The Grand Design.  In this book the authors have described their agnostic or atheistic world view, through the glasses of contemporary physics. However, the title itself is a Freudian slip revealing the underlying conflict of Hawking’s premise. He cannot express his proposition, even briefly so, without borrowing a phrase that argues the exact opposite and suggests a Designer, a Creator, a First cause, Alpha and Omega! The authors do not offer us any new evidence to prove their premise. The book repackages commonly known scientific information.

Nowhere in the book have the authors told us what could science have discovered that would have proved a Transcendent God, in other words their conclusion is in fact, only their starting premise.

The multiverse theory or the M Theory, is used to rescue the sinking ship of atheism and is invoked in one form or the other in concluding paragraphs of almost every chapter, of this book, after the fifth one. The multiverse theory, however, may belong to science fiction rather than science as we do not have access to multiverse to examine it through scientific methods.  Hawking teaches us in the final paragraphs of the fifth chapter that the M theory allows for ten raised to the power 500 different universes, together represented with the term multiverse, each universe with its own laws, to explain the biophyllic nature of our universe. For additional reading about multiverse theory, please read my article, Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God, online (4).

The divine attribute of Al Hakeem, the Wise is mentioned at least fifty times in the holy Quran.  The verse that links the creation of the universe with this attribute is, “He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner; His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him. He is the Mighty, the Most Wise.” (5)

The Most Wise has not only based the creation on sound reproducible principles, but has also made them predictable and discernible by human nature.

Three physicists born in Britain but now working in the United States were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for research into the bizarre properties of matter in extreme states, including superconductors, superfluids and thin magnetic films.

David J. Thouless of the University of Washington was awarded half of the prize of 8 million Swedish kronor, or about $930,000, while F. Duncan M. Haldane of Princeton University and J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University shared the other half.

The scientists relied on advanced mathematical models to study “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter,” in the words of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm (6). Mathematics somehow magically has the power to predict and allow discovery of the natural phenomena.

The universe is an amazing creation that is discernible and is open to scientific inquiry.  “Most of what will be said on these questions will not be new;” wrote Eugene Wigner, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1963, in an article, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences, “it has probably occurred to most scientists in one form or another. My principal aim is to illuminate it from several sides. The first point is that the enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation for it. Second, it is just this uncanny usefulness of mathematical concepts that raises the question of the uniqueness of our physical theories.” (7)

God made our universe biophyllic, He based it on mathematical principles, as He willed the creation of multiverse into being, through modulation of some ten raised to the power of five hundred variables, and then some four billion years ago, He started orchestrating various forms of life into existence, through the process of evolution and caused millions of species on our planet earth, with Homo sapiens being at the apex of His creation.

Al Hakeem and All-Wise God chose not to be like an absent land lord, but in His supreme wisdom decided to guide humanity through a long series of prophets, until His message climaxed in the holy Quran.

In the Quran, Allah argues from the physical to the moral, from the tangible to the intangible: “Do they not look at the camels, how they are created? And the firmament how it is raised high? And at the mountains, how they are set up? And the earth, how it is spread out? Then continue to admonish for you are but an admonisher; you have no authority to compel them.” (8) Again we read in Surah Rehman: “And the firmament has He raised high and He set up the balance. That you may not transgress in balance and justice. So weigh all things with fairness and fall not short of the measure.” (9)

The teachings of Allah given in His final scripture are full of wisdom and of utilitarian value for us. Majority of the references in the Quran to His attribute Al Hakim that are more than fifty as mentioned before, are in this context.

The Quranic teachings of family value and chastity are absolutely essential for the survival and flourishing of our families and human societies.  The Quranic ideals have guaranteed religious freedom for all in the domain of man relation to God and appropriate legislation to manage the domain of human interaction, man relation to man.  It has also guided us how to not fall victim to the evils of alcoholism and gambling, among scores of other beneficial teachings, about marriage, divorce and inheritance, to name a few. In the Muslim Times we have collected several articles to document the utilitarian benefit of the Quranic teachings (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20).

Al Hakeem, the Most Wise not only created the universe on the principles of truth and wisdom, but has frequently mentioned the elegance of His first creation as a proof for human accountability and the second creation or hereafter (21).  From the elegance of His creation, flows the wisdom of His teachings and then the ultimate consummation of human life, when we meet our Creator in the hereafter.

References
  1. The Holy Quran 15:86.
  2. The Holy Quran 21:17-18.
  3. The Holy Quran 6:74.
  4. https://themuslimtimes.info/2013/11/13/ten-to-five-hundred-reasons-for-our-gracious-god/
  5. The Holy Quran 59:25.
  6. https://themuslimtimes.info/2016/10/05/2016-nobel-prize-in-physics-shows-once-again/
  7. https://themuslimtimes.info/2016/06/08/the-unreasonable-effectiveness-of-mathematics-in-the-natural-sciences-4/
  8. The Holy Quran 88:18-23.
  9. The Holy Quran 55:8-10.
  10. https://themuslimtimes.info/2015/06/28/continue-to-build-the-case-for-utilitarian-value-of-the-teachings-of-islam/
  11. https://themuslimtimes.info/2019/06/17/is-god-necessary-for-morality-we-have-the-best-collection/
  12. https://themuslimtimes.info/2014/05/17/alcohol-kills-one-person-every-10-seconds-worldwide-who-2/
  13. https://themuslimtimes.info/2013/11/07/divorce-islam-versus-christianity/
  14. https://themuslimtimes.info/2015/06/25/pope-francis-has-become-a-muslim-at-least-on-the-divorce-issue-but-1400-years-too-late/
  15. https://themuslimtimes.info/2019/06/19/why-pope-francis-may-open-the-door-to-married-priests/
  16. https://themuslimtimes.info/2019/06/19/europes-oldest-person-dies-aged-116-after-crediting-her-long-life-to-faith-in-god-and-avoiding-booze/
  17. https://themuslimtimes.info/2018/07/31/alcohol-in-breast-milk-may-lead-to-lower-cognition-in-kids-study-finds/
  18. https://themuslimtimes.info/2018/07/15/video-lessons-from-the-life-of-prophet-yusuf-avoiding-the-lure-of-lust/
  19. https://themuslimtimes.info/2018/05/22/autophagy-and-fasting-its-effect-on-disease-and-how-fasting-may-help/
  20. https://themuslimtimes.info/2016/01/14/gambling-related-problems-an-international-repository/
  21. https://themuslimtimes.info/2015/10/28/stephen-hawking-there-is-no-heaven-its-a-fairy-story/

Suggested reading

Cataloging 750 verses of the Holy Quran inspiring believers to study nature

Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God

Epigraph:

And He (Allah) gave you all that you wanted of Him; and if you try to count the favors of Allah, you will not be able to number them. Indeed, man is very unjust, very ungrateful.  (Al Quran 14:34/35)

A pictorial representation of multiverse

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Let me start off by saying, if my articles are boring to you, it may be that you need to read more of them, as was suggested by John Cage, who was a famous American composer of the twentieth century, “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”

Abstract:

Physicist Stephen Hawking in Zero Gravity, at NASA

The title of Stephen Hawking’s recent book that he has co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow is The Grand Design.  In this book the authors have described their agnostic or atheistic world view, through the glasses of contemporary physics. However, the title itself is a Freudian slip revealing the underlying conflict of Hawking’s premise. He cannot express his proposition, even briefly so, without borrowing a phrase that argues the exact opposite and suggests a Designer, a Creator, a First cause, Alpha and Omega! The authors do not offer us any new evidence to prove their premise. The book repackages commonly known scientific information.

Nowhere in the book have the authors told us what could science have discovered that would have proved a Transcendent God, in other words their conclusion is in fact, only their starting premise.

The main thesis of the book seems to rely on the multiverse theory and M Theory, which is used to rescue the sinking ship of atheism. These are invoked in one form or the other in concluding paragraphs of almost every chapter, of this book, after the fifth one. The multiverse theory, however, may belong to science fiction rather than science as we do not have access to multiverse to examine it through scientific methods.  Hawking teaches us in the final paragraphs of the fifth chapter that the M theory allows for ten raised to the power 500 different universes, together represented with the term multiverse, each universe with its own laws.

Now, any universe outside our own by its very definition cannot be observed, so multiverse theory lies outside the realm of science, but paraphrasing Hawking’s number of possible universes, there may be ten raised to the power 500 variables that make our universe biophylic, which are as many reasons to believe in our Gracious God.

Introduction of Multiverse:

The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of infinite or finite possible universes (including the historical universe we consistently experience) that together comprise everything that exists and can exist: the entirety of spacetimematter, and energy as well as the physical laws and constants that describe them. The term was coined in 1895 by the American philosopher and psychologist William James.[1] The various universes within the multiverse are sometimes called parallel universes.

The structure of the multiverse, the nature of each universe within it and the relationship between the various constituent universes, depend on the specific multiverse hypothesis considered. Multiple universes have been hypothesized in cosmology, physics, astronomy, religion, philosophy, transpersonal psychology and fiction, particularly in science fiction and fantasy. In these contexts, parallel universes are also called “alternative universes”, “quantum universes”, “interpenetrating dimensions”, “parallel dimensions”, “parallel worlds”, “alternative realities”, “alternative timelines”, and “dimensional planes,” among others.

Article:

Plato would make Socrates say in the Republic (7.514a ff.), the human condition is comparable to that of prisoners of an underground cave, whose unfortunate fate is to confuse reality with passing shadows created by a fire inside their miserable abode and kept in motion by clever manipulators, who in the name of politics, religion, science, and tradition control the human herd.

What I am going to write in this article, I put briefly in a comment, in response to a question that an atheist had raised to my previous comment, in the Huffington Post, in a recent article by Victor Stenger and the moderators conveniently censored and deleted my comment.  I quickly realized that we do not live in a straight forward world, many a times, freedom of dialogue is perhaps an illusion and Plato’s observations are still, as true today as they were 2300 years ago.

If accomplished and decorated physicist and mathematicians can take argument for relatively simple and understandable issues, into the realm of complex quantum physics and mathematics, then the masses have little choice but to yield their intelligence to the priests of physics, mathematics and science.

Richard Feynman, who received Nobel Prize in 1965, was voted to be one of the the ten greatest physicists of all times, once famously said, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”  Gathering strength from his demystification of the Universal Church of Physics, I believe, I can explain the  quantum mechanics and M theory and any reader, with high school education, can understand it.

Baron John Rees, President of the Royal Society of UK writes in his book, Just Six Numbers: the Deep Forces That Shape the Universe, describes our biophylic universe in the following words:

I have highlighted these six because each plays a crucial and distinctive role in our universe, and together they determine how the universe evolves and what its internal potentialities are; moreover, three of them (those that pertain to the large-scale universe) are only now being measured with any precision.

These six numbers constitute a ‘recipe’ for a universe. Moreover, the outcome is sensitive to their values: if anyone of them were to be ‘untuned’, there would be no stars and no life. Is this tuning just a brute fact, a coincidence? Or is it the providence of a benign Creator?[1]

 To drive home the full force of the fine tuning of these six numbers from physics, Martin Rees further quotes a very useful metaphor:

There are various ways of reacting to the apparent fine tuning of our six numbers. One hard-headed response is that we couldn’t exist if these numbers weren’t adjusted in the appropriate ‘special’ way: we manifestly are here, so there’s nothing to be surprise about. Many scientists take this line, but it certainly leaves me unsatisfied. I‘m impressed by a metaphor given by the Canadian philosopher John Leslie. Suppose you are facing a firing squad. Fifty marksmen take aim, but they all miss. If they hadn’t all missed, you wouldn’t have survived to ponder the matter. But you wouldn’t just leave it at that – you’d still be baffled, and would seek some further reason for your good fortune.[2][3]

So, the validity and eloquence of the argument of fine tuning of our universe is self evident.  What would the atheists do to wriggle out of this?  They believe multiverse is the magical wand, hymn, mantra or panacea, they need to invoke in every moment of difficulty or distress, as Hawking does in many of the chapters of his book.

Let me quote from Hawking’s book itself and use it here, in refutation of his thesis:

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, archbishop of Vienna, wrote, ‘Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, faced with scientific claims like neo-­Darwinism and the multiverse [many universes] hypothesis in cos­mology invented to avoid the overwhelming evidence for purpose and design found in modern science, the Catholic Church will again defend human nature by proclaiming that the immanent de­sign in nature is real?’ In cosmology the overwhelming evidence for purpose and design to which the cardinal was referring is the fine ­tuning of physical law we described above.

I agree with the Cardinal completely in his assesment of the multiverse. It is the preconceived atheism that makes many scientists weave artificial explanation for the order, beauty and organization that they have observed in the universe and in the living organisms on our planet earth. Multiverse is the main ploy of the atheists to wriggle out of the evidence of the finely tuned universe. Antony Flew explains, “This fine tuning has been explained in two ways. Some scientists have said the fine tuning is evidence for divine design; many others have speculated that our universe is one of multiple others—a ‘multiverse’—with the difference that ours happened to have the right conditions for life. Virtually no major scientist today claims that the fine tuning was purely a result of chance factors at work in a single universe.”[4]

A true scientific explanation, says Paul Davies, is like a single well-aimed bullet. The idea of a multiverse replaces the rationally ordered real world with an infinitely complex charade and makes the whole idea of ‘explanation’ meaningless.[5] Richard Swinburne is just as strong in his disdain for the multiverse explanation: “It is crazy to postulate a trillion (causally unconnected) universes to explain the features of one universe, when postulating one entity (God) will do the job.”[6]

I quoted Martin Rees above to make my points but as he wanders away and drifts into an agnostic or atheist world view, in the last chapter of his book. I have to be critical of his elusive defense of multiverse.  Now watch how he starts manufacturing smoke screens in the concluding chapter of the book Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. The chapter is titled, Coincidence, providence—or multiverse, he writes trying to be an apologist for agnosticism or atheism:

Some people may be inclined to dismiss such concepts (multiverse) as ‘metaphysics’ (a damning put-down from a physicist’s viewpoint). But I think the multiverse genuinely lies within the province of science, even though it is plainly still no more than a tentative hypothesis. This is because we can already map out what questions must be addressed in order to put it on a more credible footing; more importantly (since any good scientific theory must be vulnerable to being refuted), we can envisage some developments that might rule out the concept.[7]

He chooses to put multiverse genuinely in the province of science while the multiverse is by definition outside of our universe and there is no hope of us ever studying or observing it, except in make belief stories. He knows it himself also as a little bit later he confesses, “These universes would never be directly observable; we couldn’t even meaningfully say whether they existed ‘before’, ‘after’ or ‘alongside’ our own.”[8]

You would recall the interesting metaphor of the fifty marksmen, who conveniently missed their target, Antony Flew who used to be formally a well known champion of atheism, has presented another interesting metaphor to look at the biophylic universe. He writes:

Imagine entering a hotel room on your next vacation. The CD player on the bedside table is softly playing a track from your favorite recording. The framed print over the bed is identical to the image that hangs over the fireplace at home. The room is scented with your favorite fragrance. You shake your head in amazement and drop your bags on the floor.

You’re suddenly very alert. You step over to the minibar, open the door, and stare in wonder at the contents. Your favorite beverages. Your favorite cookies and candy. Even the brand of bottled water you prefer.

You turn from the mini bar, then, and gaze around the room. You notice the book on the desk: it’s the latest volume by your favorite author. You glance into the bathroom, where personal care and grooming products are lined up on the counter, each one as if it was chosen specifically for you. You switch on the television; it is tuned to your favorite channel.

Chances are, with each new discovery about your hospitable new environment, you would be less inclined to think it was all a mere coincidence, right? You might wonder how the hotel managers acquired such detailed information about you. You might marvel at their meticulous preparation. You might even double-check what all this is going to cost you. But you would certainly be inclined to believe that someone knew you were coming.

Let’s take the most basic laws of physics. It has been calculated that if the value of even one of the fundamental constants-the speed of light or the mass of an electron, for instance-had been to the slightest degree different, then no planet capable of permitting the evolution of human life could have formed.

This fine tuning has been explained in two ways. Some scientists have said the fine tuning is evidence for divine design; many others have speculated that our universe is one of multiple others-a ‘multiverse’-with the difference that ours happened to have the right conditions for life. Virtually no major scientist today claims that the fine tuning was purely a result of chance factors at work in a single universe.

That vacation scenario is a clumsy, limited parallel to the so-called fine-tuning argument. The recent popularity of this argument has highlighted a new dimension of the laws of nature. ‘The more I examine the universe and study the details of its architecture,’ writes physicist Freeman Dyson, ‘the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense knew we were coming.’ In other words, the laws of nature seem to have been crafted so as to move the universe toward the emergence and sustenance of life. This is the anthropic principle, popularized by such thinkers as Martin Rees, John Barrow, and John Leslie.

In his book Infinite Minds, John Leslie, a leading anthropic theorist, argues that fine tuning is best explained by divine design. He says that he is impressed not by particular arguments for instances of fine tuning, but by the fact that these arguments exist in such profusion. ‘If, then, there were aspects of nature’s workings that appeared very fortunate and also entirely fundamental,’ he writes, ‘then these might well be seen as evidence specially favoring belief in God.’[9]

Epilogue:

I am a physician, working as a Pulmonologist and a Sleep Disorder’s Specialist in the state of New York for the last twenty years.

In medical research and literature, when the odds of something happening by pure chance or accident, is less than 5%, then it is attributed to the medicine or treatment under consideration. This is simply based on the logic that 95% is nineteen times more likely than 5%.

But, in the field of physics, cosmology and astronomy the odds can rise to one in a trillion or more precisely, one in ten raised to the power of five hundred, yet those with an atheistic bend of mind, do not stop weaving their atheistic theories and world view.

Given their lack of understanding of simple mathematics and statistics, the theist readers are no longer indebted to stand in awe of scholarship and accomplishments of these agnostic and atheist scientists, when they go against the Provident and Gracious God, who has given us  ten raised to the power of five hundred reasons, to adore, love and worship Him.

The well informed Muslims should never propose a God of the gaps, for we know that God is Subtle and Hidden and is called Al Lateef and Al Baatin in the Holy Quran.  He works through the Laws of Nature and His Creativity and Providence do not ever violate the Laws of Nature, for given His Omniscience, this is how He has designed our universe or multiverse!  Even miracles fall in the realm of Laws of Nature, even though we may not know of those Laws at the given time.

When physicists, mathematicians and biologists talk about metaphysics and religion, we do not have to genuflex to them rather we genuflex to the evidence as we best see it.

I worship my God, who I believe, created the multiverse through Laws of Nature, to make our universe biophylic and created me and every person and thing that I love. Therefore, I cannot thank Him enough.

Additional Readings:

A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

Plain Water will Tell you the Story

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe by Martin Rees

The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life? by Paul Davies

Moon: Does it have a purpose?

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

References:

1. John Rees. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Basic Books, 2000. Page 4.
2. John Rees. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Basic Books, 2000. Page 4.
3. John Rees. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Basic Books, 2000. Page 165-166.
4. Antony Flew. There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. Harper One, 2007. Page 115.
5. Paul Davies, “Universes Galore: Where Will It All End?” http://cosmos.asu.edu/publications/chapters/Universes%20galore.pdf
6. Richard Swinburne, “Design Defended,” Think (Spring 2004): page 17.
7. John Rees. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Basic Books, 2000. Page 166-167.
8. John Rees. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Basic Books, 2000. Page 168.
9. Antony Flew. There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. Harper One, 2007. Page 113-115.

Al Rehman, the Gracious God has given us the sun, water and air and everything else that we need and enjoy

The Quranic Challenge to the Atheists: Make a Fly, if You Can

Epigraph:

People, here is an illustration, so listen carefully: those you call on beside God could not, even if they combined all their forces, create a fly, and if a fly took something away from them, they would not be able to retrieve it. How feeble are the petitioners and how feeble are those they petition. (Al Quran 22:73)

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

In an era when animals have been cloned and there are genetically modified animals and plants, some atheists in their arrogance may conceive that they have met the Quranic challenge. Not so fast!

In this Quranic challenge to convince the humanity of Monotheism, given Allah’s creation and His creativity, I am afraid we cannot allow any cheating or building on God’s already present creations. No reverse engineering allowed. In the lingo of Ex President Trump, reverse engineering is for the loosers.

If self respecting atheists want to meet God’s challenge, please do not build on God’s models of life based on carbon, RNA and DNA. Please start from scratch and build it on silicone or some other element of your choosing.

And I am being very lenient and kind to the atheists. I have not even asked them to build their own silicone and have permitted use of silicone made by God, in the exploding stars.

Carl Sagan is quoted as saying, “To really make an apple pie from scratch, you must begin by inventing the universe.”

Bring it on, if you have the audacity to deny God’s creation and Monotheism.

In the mean while let me share a few important articles with the readers pertaining to God’s creation:

The anesthesia of familiarity: There should be a Creator of Our Universe

Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God

Reading the Quran with Sir David Attenborough

Al Quran: And We have made the heaven a roof, well-protected

Video: Richard Dawkins Tracking Back His Atheism

The Five Authors to read in Order to Comprehend the Bible and the Quran in Light of the Scientific Revolution

If there is freewill, so is Providence: Refuting the best of atheism through the latest science

Al Hakeem: The Wise, The Creator With A Purpose

A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

The Big Question – Is there a God? BBC Debate

The Muslim Times, Perhaps the Only Medium Presenting the Creator God of the Holy Quran

BBC Videos: Does Heaven Exist?

Epigraph:

Muhammad, when you recite the Quran, We put an invisible barrier between you and those who do not believe in the life to come. (Al Quran 17:45)

Man says, ‘What? Once I am dead, will I be brought back to life?’ but does man not remember that We created him when he
was nothing before? (Al Quran 19:66-67)

Suggested Reading
Afterlife A Dream-State or A Virtual Reality?
Stephen Hawking: ‘There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story!’
Surah Al Waqi’ah (The Event or the Resurrection)
Human Soul: The Final Frontier?
Stairway-to-heaven
According to the Qur’an, Can Jews and Christians ‘Partake in the Blessings of Heaven and Earth?’

How many teachers of the holy Quran do you need?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

The holy Quran is the literal word of All Knowing God, so it has infinite treasures and finite humans cannot conceive and capture them all and should never try to monopolize them all. (Al Quran 18:109 and 31:27)

If you want to know what the most popular poet in USA has to say about the Quran: Rumi: The Quran is Like a Shy Bride!

If you want to learn the Quran from Harvard university Law School: Did you know Harvard recognizes Quran as one of the best expressions for justice?

If you like Morgan Freeman: Video of Morgan Freeman: Commentary of Surah Takathur.

If you want to learn Quran and science from the non-Muslim scientists: Are the Scientists the Better Teachers for Several of the Attributes of God? and A Slight Twist Makes David Attenborough a Great Teacher for God of the Abrahamic Faiths.

If you want to learn about the Quran from history from the Christian tradition: Video: How Science Changed Reading of the Bible and What are We Proposing for the Quran.

If you want to learn the fallacies of the Christian dogma, you could try to find the relevant videos of Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the previous Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as he talks about the verse: “The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How can He have a son when He has no consort, and when He has created everything and has knowledge of all things?” (Al Quran 6:101) Or, if it a difficult task for you, merely read his book: Book Review: Christianity: A Journey from Facts to Fiction.

If you want to study the scientifically most pregnant verses of the Quran then your teacher is Dr. Maurice Bucaille and I have some bragging rights also by the Grace of Allah: A Century of Scholarship for Quran and Science and The Five Authors to read in Order to Comprehend the Bible and the Quran in Light of the Scientific Revolution.

If you want to read the Quran from the Shiite tradition: The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, Now Available Online.

If you want to read one of the best English translations of the Quran that was published by the oxford university: One of the Best English Translations of the Quran Now Available Online.

If you want to read more than 50 different translations of the Quran, you may like: More than Fifty different simultaneous translations of the Holy Quran in English.

If you want to learn the Quran from a Catholic: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Garry Wills Talks About the Quran for 50 Minutes.

If you want to learn the Quran from a secular Jewish lady: A Wonderful Description of the First Revelation of the Prophet – by an Agnostic Biographer.

If you want to learn the Quran from converts to Islam then: 1984 Rare TV Interview With Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and A British Convert to Islam: ‘I found Qur’an mother of all philosophies.’

If you want to learn the Quran without becoming boxed in by one teacher into his or her organized religion, then you can find hundreds of videos by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi in YouTube, as he presents himself as a student of the Quran and not the ultimate, only and mandatory teacher of the Quran, Ghamidi: The Most Tolerant and Pluralistic Muslim Scholar of Our Times. Like all teachers he has limitations, and I know even if he stumbles on this link here, he will not be fuming with anger or self importance: Ghamdi A Wonderful Teacher, But Only in Moderation.

Likewise Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna college, is a great teacher, if you want to hear English and the good news is he does not have an accent either. But, I want to set limits for him as well: Hamza Yusuf on Jinns: Powerful Men or Demons?, not to shrink him, but to prove that we need countless teachers of the Quran, not one.

If you learn from multiple teachers, you will not be stuck in sectarian divide among the Muslims, but will rise to universal compassion. Incidentally, the Muslim Times has the best collection to overcome sectarian divide.

If you wanted to make your journey into the Quran easy, non-contradictory and one that does not land you in double binding situations and not ideologically driven, you could go to articles: Surah Qamar – The Moon: The Quran has been made easy and After Monotheism, the Two Most Seminal Verses of the Quran.

Just like Ghamidi and Yusuf have limitations, I do as well. I have been told by friends and critics that I do not have charisma and for that reason I am not popular. I will leave the details in the hands of the readers as I may be in my own blind spot, but I never give up and keep trying to be a student and possibly a teacher of the Quran.

If you decide to limit your Quranic scholarship to one teacher or scholar, then what may happen: The only thing standing between you and your Quran is your own teacher and If you limit yourself to one or a few religious teachers, you may have a severe case of myopia.

I leave you today with my presentation of commentary of the holy Quran that has hundreds of articles from dozens of sources: A New Commentary of the Holy Quran Emphasizing Compassion, Justice and Human Rights Launched.

Discovery Channel Video: Moon: Does it have a purpose?

Epigraph:

He it is Who made the sun radiate a brilliant light and the moon reflect a luster, and ordained for it stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning of time. Allah has not created this but with truth and a purpose. He details the Signs for a people who have knowledge. (Al Quran 10:5)

He created the heavens and the earth in accordance with truth and a real purpose. He makes the night to cover the day, and He makes the day to cover the night; and He has pressed the sun and the moon into service; each pursues its course until an appointed time. Hearken, it is He alone Who is the Mighty, the Great Forgiver. (Al Quran 39:5)

A full moon rises over the skyline of New York next to One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
A full moon rises over the skyline of New York next to One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn.  The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles on the theme of religion and science

Article written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

If you wonder what your life would be like without the moon, the surprising answer is that you wouldn’t be here to wonder at all! Earth before the impact that created the moon for our planet was a totally different planet.

The main message of the Discovery channel documentary is that if there were no moon, there would have been no land based life on our planet. The Earth has a large moon, making it unique in the inner solar system. The inner Solar System, that is the habitable zone of our solar system, includes the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.  Mercury and Venus have no moons, and Mars has only two small asteroid-sized objects orbiting it. There are 139 moons in our solar system, but our moon enjoys some special features. Of all the known moons in our Solar System, only three are in the inner region.

The moon manages the tilt of earth, in its rotation and hence the weather on our planet.

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Al Quran: And We have made the heaven a roof, well-protected

Epigraph

“Do not the disbelievers realize that the heavens and the earth were a solid mass, then We split them asunder, and We made from water every living thing? Will they not then believe? We have placed in the earth firm mountains lest it roll beneath them; and We have made wide pathways therein that they may thereby journey from place to place.

And We have made the heaven a roof, well-protected; yet they turn away from its Signs. He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon each gliding freely in its orbit.” (Al Quran 21:30-33)

Allah Protector of life on earth

Source: Muslim Sunrise: Summer 2011

By Zia H Shah MD and Sardar Anees Ahmad

The Qur’an (86:5) states that angels, under God’s command, ensure that every natural law operates as designed. Again, the Qur’an (13:12) states that angels surround humans, serving as guardians. Together, the verses indicate that angels uphold various laws to protect people’s lives. Life, therefore, is the exception and death is the norm. Alluding to the precarious balance between life and death, the Qur’an (21:33; 41:13) declares that the heavens and the upper levels of Earth protect the Earth from life threatening entities. Referencing the idea of balance, the Qur’an declares, “And We have made the heaven a roof, well protected; yet they turn away from its Signs” (21:33). Here, Saqfam-mahfooza (i.e., roof, well protected) is of prime importance.

The Qur’an (55:8-10) argues that balance is universally observable in nature, therefore mankind must always behave in accordance with this principle. In Arabic, the word Meezan is employed to indicate that one entity is balancing another; in (55:8-10), the heavens are given the title of meezan. However, in relation to the earth, the Qur’an employs another word from the same root, Mauzun, which means something which is made perfectly balanced. “And the earth have We spread out, and set therein firm mountains and caused everything to grow therein in proper proportion” (15:20). So the Qur’an distinguishes between the heavens which carry out balancing and the Earth’s ground which is affected thereby.

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Kashif N Chaudhry MD entering a debate: Should religion adapt to science?

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The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: Weather we know it or not, we are all consciously or unconsciously engaged in this constant debate, in this age of science.

The Holy Quran Uses the Word Taqdeer تَقْدِيرً for Laws of Nature

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Urdu video: Mirza Tahir Ahmad explaining apartheid and racism in the light of the Quran

The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment

On a side note, during this commentary of some of the verses of Sura Hujjarat, Mirza Tahir Ahmad also says that the reason for the downfall of the Muslim civilization was that they followed conjecture, rather than the fundamental truths of society or science.

I agree and echo his sentiment that this is still true. Laws of nature have not changed. If the Muslims, regardless of sect or their beliefs of theology, if follow conjecture rather than than the fundamental truths of society or science, history will repeat itself. You have been warned.

The holy Quran says:

“And most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Surely, conjecture avails nothing against truth. Indeed, Allah is well aware of what they do.” (Al Quran 10:36)

And:

“But they have no knowledge thereof. They follow nothing but conjecture; and conjecture avails naught against truth.” (Al Quran 53:28)

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